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Citrix showcases new WaaS initiatives at Synergy 2016


May 24, 2016  


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Rising global competition and accelerating innovation require businesses to become more agile and digital, harnessing the Cloud, Mobile, Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) to reimagine business models and change how work gets done, says Citrix.

According to IDC, over the next three to five years, the percentage of enterprises with digital transformation strategies will more than double. Demands for agility, convenience and accessibility will make the Cloud a cornerstone of these digital strategies, with IDC predicting that at least half of IT spending will be cloud-based by 2018.[i]

Today, at Citrix Synergy, Citrix showcased new products and services it said offer the promise to accelerate digital transformation efforts by delivering a Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) that “empowers workers with secure, on-demand access to the apps and data they need to work effectively and efficiently from anywhere.”

To enable what it called a “vision for the workspace of the future,” Citrix unveiled new products for VDI and app virtualization, delivery networking, and secure file-sharing that it said can be delivered as cloud services from the expanded Citrix Cloud, or deployed on-premises on hybrid IT infrastructure.

Announced was:

* XenApp and XenDesktop 7.9, which contain expanded authentication, enhanced graphics support and advanced printing capabilities, while driving down virtual app and desktop delivery costs. In addition, XenApp and XenDesktop 7.9 provide administrative monitoring and tools to simplify ongoing maintenance and configuration.

* A new XenMobile feature called Secure Forms, which empower line-of-business managers and IT to digitize specific processes, transforming traditional paper forms into secure mobile mini-apps without writing a single line of code. With Secure Forms IT will be able to securely streamline daily tasks, such as police officers writing speeding tickets, hospital patient requests and discharges, aircraft service inspections and insurance claims adjustment reports into quick, easy mobile apps that eliminate paperwork and streamline tedious processes, Citrix said.

* NetScaler SD-WAN Enterprise Edition, as a fully integrated SD-WAN offering, enterprises no longer need to struggle with how to manage multiple devices or components at branch locations for WAN  virtualization, optimization, performance management, or security. NetScaler SD-WAN virtualization technology fast failover response, path load-balancing capabilities, intelligent extensions for lossless delivery of real-time media and end-to-end enterprise grade security.

* The latest version of XenMobile 10.3.5 (released in early May), which enables IT to distribute apps securely without requiring the personal device to be enrolled with a company’s mobile device management (MDM) solution. According to Citrix, this capability is a key “advantage for employees who are more often reluctant to enrol their device and install an MDM client on their personal mobile device. It is also an advantage for companies that are not allowed to install an MDM client on the user’s device due to privacy requirements.”

Citrix is also showcasing a l new XenMobile feature, Secure Forms, which empower line-of-business managers and IT to “easily digitize specific processes, transforming traditional paper forms into secure mobile mini-apps without writing a single line of code. With Secure Forms IT will be able to securely streamline daily tasks, such as police officers writing speeding tickets, hospital patient requests and discharges, aircraft service inspections and insurance claims adjustment reports into quick, easy mobile apps that eliminate paperwork and streamline tedious processes.”